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Current Affairs: 10th March 2015

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1- 46th Raising Day of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) observed

46th Raising Day of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) observed

46th Raising Day of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

On 10 March 2015, 46th Raising Day of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was observed. On the occasion of CISF Raising Day, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted all the CISF officers, soldiers, civilians, ex-servicemen and their families.

About Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

  • The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is a central armed police force under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • It was initially established under the Central Industrial Security Force Act, 1968 to protect major PSUs. However, it was converted to an armed force with a larger ambit under an amendment to the Act in 1983.
  • Now, CISF provides security to industrial ventures and establishments, VIPs and engages in disaster management amongst others.
  • It also has a Fire Wing to response to fire emergencies/accidents. With a force larger than 1,65,000 it is the largest security force in the world.
  • The incumbent Director General of CISF is IPS Officer Arvind Ranjan.

2- India-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran VIII concludes

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Surya Kiran VIII

8th edition of India-Nepal Combined Exercise Surya Kiran VIII concluded on 8 March 2015 at Salijhandi in Nepal.

The exercise was carried out under the aegis of Nepalese Army and had started on February 23, 2015.

14-day-long Surya Kiran VIII exercise aimed at

  • Creating a greater understanding between Indian Army & Nepalese Army.
  • Working together in Jungle Warfare and Counter Terrorism operations in mountainous terrain.
  • It also Focused on basics of disaster management in the field of pandemic/ epidemic control and aviation aspects.

Surya Kiran VIII exercise provided an ideal and single platform for armies of the two countries to share their experiences on terrorist operations and counter insurgency especially in mountainous and jungle terrain.

In the exercise, troops of both countries carried out a search and destroy mission in the general area of Saljhandi which was culminated in a 48 hours consolidation and validation exercise.

3- Former Member of Lok Sabha Sadashivrao Mandlik passes away

Former Member of Lok Sabha Sadashivrao Mandlik passes away,Maharashtra,Obituary

Sabha Sadashivrao Mandlik

Former Maharashtra Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) Sadashivrao Mandlik passed away in Mumbai. He was 83.

He was elected four-time as MP from Kolhapur Constituency and had served as a member in the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Lok Sabha. Prior to 15th Lok Sabha elections, Sadashivrao Mandlik had represented Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), but in 15th Lok Sabha he was elected as independent member.

Mandlik also was the member of Maharashtra legislative Assembly for three consecutive terms in 1985, 1990 and 1995 and represented Kagal constituency.

In 1993, Mandlik was Minister of State (MoS) for Irrigation, Education & Resettlement in the Maharashtra government.

4- Maharashtra Government launches Bhagyashree scheme for girls

Maharashtra Government launches Bhagyashree scheme for girls,Government Schemes,Maharashtra

Chief Minister- Maharashtra

Maharashtra government has launched Bhagyashree scheme for girls. The scheme replaces state government’s previous Sukanya scheme.

Bhagyashree  scheme was launched by was launched by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with the actress Bhagyashree who is brand ambassador of the scheme. Under the Sukanya scheme, the state government was to earmark an amount of Rs. 21,200 for each girl child born in a Below the Poverty Line (BPL) family.

While the Bhagyashree scheme aims at providing one lakh rupee on maturity after the girl completes 18 years of age.

State government is seeking to link the Bhagyashree scheme with the Union Government’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme.

5- North-East India’s first Kisan Call Centre opens in Agartala, Tripura

North-East India’s first Kisan Call Centre opens in Agartala, Tripura,Government Schemes,Tripura

Kisan Call Centre opens in Agartala, Tripura

North East India’s first Kisan Call Centre (KCC) was opened in Agartala, Tripura. It was launched by Tripura Chief Minister  Manik Sarkar.

The call centre is financed by Tripura government and will be run by experts of agriculture, fisheries, horticulture and animal husbandry from a private enterprise.

Key facts

  • KCC Agartala will work daily from 6 am to 10 pm and provide a real time advisory and immediate solution with expert consultation to farmers from Tripura on various agriculture related issues.
  • It includes expert consultation seed procurement, agro-metric, fertilisers, soil health, pesticides usage and marketing of the produces.
  • Farmers from neighbouring states of Tripura also will be provided by similar services by Kisan Call Centre.

Tripura also launched farmer’s portal to issue advisory to farmers for farm production under direct supervision of the experts.

Background

Previously, Union Government had started the KCC service in all states through Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO). However due to the language deficiency, it failed to cater to the farmers.

6- Mr. Veerappa Moily selected for Saraswati Samman 2014

Mr. Veerappa Moily selected for Saraswati Samman 2014,Awards

Mr. Veerappa Moily

Senior Congress leader and Former Union Minister Mr. M. Veerappa Moily will receive the Saraswati Samman 2014 for his Kannada poemRamayana Mahanveshanam’.

The award would make Mr. M. Veerappa Moily the second Kannada author to receive the honour after S. L. Bhyrappa (2010).

‘Ramayana Mahanveshanam’ was first published in 2007 in Kannada and later was translated into English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. The poem explores the ‘Ramarajya’ or the true principle of the ‘ideal State’ from a secular and modern point of view.

About Saraswati Samman (सरस्वती सम्मान)

  • Established:1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation.
  • Award carries:cash price of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
  • It is annual award, awarded to persons for their outstanding prose or poetry literary works in any Indian language listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India.
  • Eminent Hindi author Harivansh Rai Bachchan was the first recipient of this award for his autobiography in four volumes

7- Solar Impulse 2- world’s first solar-powered aircraft on global journey lands in Ahmedabad

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Solar Impulse 2

World’s first solar powered aircraft on global journey- Solar Impulse 2 successfully landed in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The aircraft was piloted by Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg from its first halt Muscat, Oman.

Key features of Solar Impulse 2 aircraft

  • It is a Swiss long-range solar-powered aircraft project and claimed to be first aircraft to fly day and night without consuming conventional fuel.
  • Solely propelled by the solar energy and emits zero Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
  • Structure:Single-seater aircraft made of carbon fibre. It has a 72 metre wingspan and weighs 2,300 kilo grams.
  • Solar cells:17,248 solar cells inbuilt into its wings. These cells supply renewable energy to propel the electric motors of aircraft.
  • These solar cells also recharge 4 lithium polymer batteries mounted on aircraft which allows it fly at night.

The first test flight of the aircraft was conducted in the United States in 2013.

Solar Impulse’s maiden global journey

  • Solar impulse started its 35000 km long journey from Abu Dhabi (UAE). Its first halt was in Muscat (Oman).
  • Flight route and Stops-It will stop in Ahmedabad and Varanasi in India, Mandalay (Myanmar), Chongqing & Nanjing (China).
  • Then it will cross Pacific Ocean via Hawaii and fly across the US and take 3 stops at Phoenix, the Midwest and New York City.
  • Then it will cross Atlantic Ocean and stop in Southern Europe or North Africa and end its journey at Abu Dhabi.

It should be noted that the Solar Impulse 2 is flying from west to east on the selected route as per the direction of tailwinds which is in same direction of aircraft to keep it afloat.

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